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Thomas Built, Zonar to offer telematics solution
April 14, 2014
The school bus OEM will partner with Zonar Systems to provide factory-installed telematics features for Saf-T-Liner C2 models as standard equipment. The Zonar platform will have the ability to send and receive data from the engine as well as give insight on overall vehicle performance, driver behavior and monitoring of passengers through Thomas Built’s multiplex wiring system.
Dallas County Schools techs train on lubrication, oil analysis
April 9, 2014
More than 80 Dallas County Schools techs take part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex. Also in attendance are high school students who are in a co-op program that focuses on developing the next generation of technicians.
Blue Bird to hold 3-day technical training
March 27, 2014
The course will cover maintenance-related subjects for Blue Bird and Micro Bird buses, including electrical, multiplex diagnostics, instrumentation and engine emissions. The training will be held July 28 to 30 in Reno, Nev.
6 new products to streamline the school bus shop
March 18, 2014

Offerings help make cleaning and refurbishment easier, boost fuel efficiency, and organize jobs and tasks.

Vehicle lifts that promote shop safety, productivity
March 11, 2014

Features such as mechanical locks, remote control, LED lighting and lighter weights for more portability make servicing buses even safer and more efficient.

Web exclusive: Getting the most out of DEF
March 6, 2014

Understanding some basic facts about diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), such as its freezing point, the importance of using high-quality DEF and keeping it clean, and proper storage procedures, will go a long way in its efficiency in a selective catalytic reduction system.

Thomas Built to hold 2 tech training events
March 3, 2014
The school bus OEM will conduct its Thomas Built Institute in Greensboro, N.C., in April and in Dallas in September. Company officials say that the training will enhance bus technician skills and complement school bus maintenance programs.
Heavy snow forces closure of bus garage
February 27, 2014
Forest Lake Area Schools officials cite structural concerns since the garage, a pole barn that was built in 1961, has broken beams. It was being used to house 25 of the district’s vehicles and is expected to be torn down.
Average diesel price back up over $4 per gallon
February 26, 2014
The average on-highway price for diesel in the U.S. rises to $4.017, according to new federal data. It is the first time since March 2013 that the national average has been above $4 per gallon.
Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations
February 25, 2014

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

New wheel lift simplifies heavy-duty wheel removal
February 20, 2014
Rotary Lift’s MW-500 Mobile Wheel Lift can remove and position any size wheel or tire weighing up to 500 pounds, company officials say. The lift’s arms are spaced wide enough to facilitate moving heavy-duty wheels and tires, and it is capable of dually holding wheels, according to the company.
Collins boosts bus serviceability
February 18, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer has upgraded many of the features on its buses to give technicians improved access to several areas as they perform maintenance. Among the changes: Bigger access holes were added behind the warning lights, and wires were rerouted below instead of in the wall for rear lighting.
Vehicle lift safety training course offered online
February 13, 2014
The new online version of the Automotive Lift Institute's "Lifting It Right" vehicle lift safety training course is now live. A narrator guides trainees through curriculum covering lift types, the lifting and lowering process, and lift maintenance.
A/c units keep current with cooling needs
February 13, 2014

Trends in school bus air-conditioning systems include increased demand for bulkhead evaporators and rooftop units, officials say. Here’s a look at key features in the latest cooling technology.

Rotary Lift unveils new lighting options
February 11, 2014
Tech Lights, the supplier’s new series of LED shop lights, come with magnetic mounting clips. Three options are available: the two-post lift kit, the four-post lift kit, and the hand-held single shop light.
Cooperative helps districts save money, time
February 6, 2014

Walla Walla (Wash.) School District won matching funds from the state to obtain funds for a facility to support a cooperative that serves three school district transportation departments, and it hasn’t cost taxpayers additional tax dollars. The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative provides vehicle maintenance at a fraction of the cost of local shops as well as a driver training program that saves districts staff and time.

TRP launches new website
February 5, 2014
Officials say the user friendly site provides truck and bus fleet operators with a searchable online catalog and detailed information on its full line of all-makes aftermarket parts. Visitors can search parts by keyword, category or part number.
Mohawk Lifts launches new blog
February 4, 2014
The posts feature industry experts who will cover auto lift news, garage equipment reviews, vehicle lift safety, common auto lift questions and more. The blog is designed to be a resource for individuals researching lifts for their home garages, owners of general repair shops, and fleet managers.
Fuel treatment solution becomes more widely available
January 30, 2014
K100 Fuel Treatment is designed to remove water, gums and varnishes from fuels, for better mileage and acceleration. As Kinetic Fuel Technology expands its distribution network internationally, the treatment solution is more widely available.
Bill would remove school bus age limit in Tennessee
January 23, 2014
The bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and Type D school buses by years of service or by miles driven — as long as the buses are inspected at least once each school year and are deemed safe.

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